Albert of Adelaide by Howard Anderson
A Novel

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At once an old-fashioned-buddy-novel-shoot-'em-up and a work of deliciously imagined fantasy, Howard L. Anderson's dazzling debut presents the haunting story of a world where something has gone horribly awry . . .

Having escaped from Australia's Adelaide Zoo, an orphaned platypus named Albert embarks on a journey through the outback in search of "Old Australia," a rumored land of liberty, promise, and peace. What he will find there, however, away from the safe confinement of his enclosure for the first time since his earliest memories, proves to be a good deal more than he anticipated.

Alone in the outback, with an empty soft drink bottle as his sole possession, Albert stumbles upon pyromaniacal wombat Jack, and together they spend a night drinking and gambling in Ponsby Station, a rough-and-tumble mining town. Accused of burning down the local mercantile, the duo flees into menacing dingo territory and quickly go their separate ways-Albert to pursue his destiny in the wastelands, Jack to reconcile his past.
Encountering a motley assortment of characters along the way-a pair of invariably drunk bandicoots, a militia of kangaroos, hordes of the mercurial dingoes, and a former prize-fighting Tasmanian devil-our unlikely hero will discover a strength and skill for survival he never suspected he possessed.

Told with equal parts wit and compassion, ALBERT OF ADELAIDE shows how it is often the unexpected route, and the most improbable companions, that lead us on the path to who we really are. Who you journey with, after all, is far more important than wherever it is you are going.
 

About Howard Anderson

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Howard Anderson has had a varied life: He flew with a helicopter battalion in Vietnam, worked on fishing boats in Alaska, in the steel mills of Pittsburgh, as a truck driver in Houston, and a scriptwriter in Hollywood, and, after gaining a law degree, became legal counsel for the New Mexico Organized Crime Commission. He is currently a defense attorney in New Mexico, where he defends Mexican nationals charged with crimes north of the border.
 
Published July 10, 2012 by Twelve. 236 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The titular protagonist is a duck-billed platypus who, having escaped from the Adelaide Zoo, wanders into the desert, having “no idea where he was going, or exactly what he was looking for.” He had a vague idea of a destination, “somewhere in the desert…a place where old Australia still existed…k...

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In his first novel, the 66-year-old Anderson creates the memorable Albert, a duck-billed platypus who flees the captive monotony of the Adelaide Zoo to search for Old Australia, “the place where thing

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Publishers Weekly

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In his first novel, the 66-year-old Anderson creates the memorable Albert, a duck-billed platypus who flees the captive monotony of the Adelaide Zoo to search for Old Australia, “the place where things haven’t changed and Australia is like it used to be.” He arrives in the outback blistered...

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New York Journal of Books

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“. . . a series of entertaining, even endearing characters . . . make this a worthy read.”

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The Bookbag

I would elaborate but you'd be here all week reading my gushing prose so it would be quicker for you to read the book instead.

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SF Site

Albert of Adelaide tells the story of the eponymous platypus, an escapee from Adelaide Zoo, and his adventures in Old Australia, which he had previously idealised as a human-free paradise.

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Newsday

two lanes closed on Seaford-Oyster Bay Expwy/Rt-135 NB between Sunrise Hwy/NY Rt-27/X2 and Rt-105/X3 Albert, our hero, is a duck-billed platypus, one of those venomous, aquatic, egg-laying mammals that inspired cries of hoax among European naturalists when the...

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Portland Book Review

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Fantasy Literature

Albert’s mother was killed by a dog before Albert was captured for the zoo, and that memory is a powerful one for Albert.

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The Roanoke Times

He not only seeks freedom but is in search of a utopia: “The stories had been vague at best … somewhere in the desert … a place where Old Australia still existed … keep going north … the Promised Land.” He is looking for a world without people and without zoos.

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Good E-Reader

Interestingly, it is the very real human attributes that the animals display that are both raw and shameful, but it doesn’t take very long for the reader to realize that human beings are no better than animals.

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For the last two weeks we’ve been featuring Howard L.

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Anderson has had a varied life: He flew with a helicopter battalion in Vietnam, worked on fishing boats in Alaska, in the steel mills of Pittsburgh, as a truck driver in Houston, and a scriptwriter in Hollywood, and, after gaining a law degree, became legal counsel for the New Mexico Organized Cr...

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Fiction Writers Review

Part of the novel’s suspense comes from wondering whether Albert will transcend this new version of himself, Albert the Killer, or be consumed by the howling storm he has accidentally unleashed on his friends and enemies alike.

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